By: Ana Paola Castillo
We interviewed twelve year old, aspiring soccer player Jose Pablo Castillo to learn more about an athlete’s life and what it takes for them to achieve their goals.
AP:How long have you been playing?
JP: I’ve been playing since I was three years old
AP: Aside from soccer, have you practice any other sort of excercise or sport?
JP: Yes, I started doing karate when I was 5 years old and practiced it for almost 6 years. I also used to play basketball since I was five years old and stopped playing last year to be more focused on soccer. Currently I am going to kickbox clasess and I run every day.
AP:What things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
JP: Eating healthy and sleeping well, but mainly never going a day without training.
AP:What would be your ultimate achievement?
JP: To play on the world cup.
AP:What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
JP: To have a balance between training, school and friends. I keep a schedule.
AP:What was the best advice you were ever given?
JP: To keep chasing what I want and never stop until I get there
AP:Do you have a saying that you live your life by?
JP: There is always something that can be improved.
AP: Who is your idol?
JP: Because by the age of sixteen he was already playing in a professional team. And he is a really great soccer player.
AP: What position do you play in?
JP: I am the goalkeeper, but I am also a very good defense.
AP: What is your dream team?
AP: What is the most important thing to do when playing soccer?
JP: To concentrate and enjoy the game.
AP: Why do you think it is important to have a good relationship with your teammates?
JP: Because soccer is all about teamwork, a team that doesn’t work together will never be as good as one who does.
AP: What have you learned about teamwork?
JP: That it is necessary everywhere, not just in sports.
AP: Finally, what do you think are some of the benefits of soccer?
JP: It helps you how to work in teams, it requires a lot of discipline, responsibility and hard work. It makes you create a balance between school and sports and it is a really fun sport to play.